My favorite chocolate chip cookies…

I am so excited to share this chocolate chip cookie recipe. I know it’s just another cookie recipe, but seriously, this is THE cookie recipe.

Coconut dark chocolate chip cookies

I took a big hiatus from baking (what with the move and unpacking, it was just not feasible to spend all day baking) but recently came back to it after suffering a minor heartbreak.

When your heart is demolished, freshly baked cookies can help.

Except I ruined them. In my doom and gloom I created an awful batch of cookies. I was so embarrassed.

Luckily I always keep baking supplies in hand, so I just put on my big girl undies and forged ahead. Only this time I sat down with my collection of recipes and tweaked, poked and prodded my original recipe until I came up with one that I wanted to experiment with.

It was a great experiment! I absolutely love how these cookies turned out, but I will admit that the hubby did not like the chips I used.

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These are dark chocolate coconut chip cookies with semi-sweet chips added for good measure (so what is that… Dark Chocolate Coconut and Semi-Sweet Chip cookies…that’s a mouthful!).

Unfortunately, even though they’re Nestlé, hubby does not care for the “strange, fake aftertaste” courtesy of the coconut in the chips. So after taste testing, and liking the texture, the soft center with the perfectly crisp outside he requested a second batch, but without the icky coconut chips.

The batch made for hubs. Dark chocolate and semi sweet chips

The batch made for hubs. Dark chocolate and semi sweet chips

I happily obliged and can attest to the repeatability of this recipe. I followed it exactly, and I was able to replicate the delicious results. My second batch consisted of semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips. The husband gave it two thumbs up and the seal of “regular rotation” approval! Even the littlest coconut loved them, begging for a second cookie (you know how 11 month olds beg? By staring at the cookie headed to your mouth, while their own mouth hangs open… Kinda hits you in the guilt spot, haha).

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But trust me when I say that this recipe is a keeper, and is truly the only chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever need, ever again.

It’s incredibly versatile. My first batch included coconut-dark chocolate chips, while my second batch had two different types of chocolate chips. You could realistically include any combination of chocolate chips or add ins that you want, and the cookie should still come out beautifully.

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An addendum to keep in mind, too, is that I chilled these cookies for 12 hours. I wanted to see what would happen, and this is what I will do from now on.

It actually helped my poor joints doing it this way. I made the dough, cleaned up, then the next day, I was able to bake without much mess. It was lovely!

When preparing them for refrigeration, make sure you use enough flour that your dough isn’t sticky, then roll it up in plastic wrap. When ready to bake, unwrap and slice. With your hands, roll the dough into roughly 1″ balls, making them taller than wide, and flattening the bottom.

Slice the chilled dough, and flatten the bottom of the cookie dough balls

Make the cookie dough balls taller than they are wide

This method helped my cookies bake evenly and look like gorgeous bakery style cookies!

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And the taste…oh, heavens to be, these cookies will make your knees buckle from joy! If you don’t believe me, come over and have a few!

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Another view of the second batch, with the dark chocolate and semi sweet chips…you can drool, now!

Without further ado, the recipe!

Honey’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup your choice chocolate chips (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, etc)

Directions:

  1. Do not preheat your oven, these cookies need to chill for at least 2 hours up to 12 hours.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Gently whisk with a fork to combine.
  3. Using a stand mixer (or handheld mixer) beat together the butter, and both sugars until light and fluffy. Then toss in the vanilla, followed by the eggs.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture, on low speed and gently mix until combined.
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Lay out sheets of plastic wrap, and using the same spatula, spread the dough on the wrap, rolling the dough and covering it. Once covered and in a log-ish shape, pop it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  7. Once ready to bake – preheat oven to 350° and prepare two baking sheets with either silpats or parchment paper.
  8. Unwrap the chilled dough, slice sections off and using your hands, roll the dough into 1″ balls. Flatten the bottoms (as seen in the above pictures) and then mold the balls to be taller (more of a mound vs round).
  9. Place dough balls on baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, depending on your oven.
  10. Let cool completely on the baking sheet before removing.
  11. Enjoy!

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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Hiatus over, furniture redo

Hey guys! I’m back again, hopefully for a good stretch! We have been so busy lately that I’ve barely had a chance to catch a breath. We’ve gone on a mini vacation to Michigan (an amazing family reunion), multiple doctor and VA appointments, bought a house and moved in, all since my last post. It seems like it’s been forever! 

I’ve really missed the blog and all of you.

But not to fret, I have some fun stuff in store! There’s not much craft stuff to share, sadly enough, I’m still working on unpacking and organizing my crafty goodies (there’s just so much of it!). 

In the meantime, I wanted to share a furniture makeover – my first ever attempt! I have to admit, of all the things I needed to get done, this table should’ve been bottom of the list. But the moment I set eyes on this beauty, I *had* to dress her up!

  
 

Coconuts Husband was the one to find her, an old sewing table, tucked away in a corner of our (new) favorite thrift shop. The table had been marked down but was in great shape (if you look past the chipped veneer). 

I knew I wanted a dark brown top, with a distressed cream bottom.

Luckily the paint guys at my local Home Depot were showing off some Valspar Chalk paint. They walked me through the basic steps, even showing an example they had in store. That was enough to convince me, so I grabbed a can of Valspar Chalky Finish in Moonstone Ring, along with a can of the Valspar finishing wax, and two cans of Rust-oleum metallic spray paint in the color of Flat Burnished Amber.

  

It was such an easy redo. I couldn’t believe how satisfying and quite simple the whole project was, from start to finish.

  
My very first step was to remove the old heavy sewing machine and all of the hardware.

Then, for the top, I sanded, cleaned it, laid down a layer of Zinsser Primer then spray painted two coats. I also spray painted the original hardware in the same color. I love this color, it has really pretty glittery specks (to the delight of my niece who watching my progress).

For the bottom, I didn’t apply any Zinsser because the Valspar chalk paint said it doesn’t require a base coat. I decided to go along with it and see what happens.

After applying the chalk paint, I let it dry for two days, then sanded like a mad woman (trust me, that killed my poor joints, but it was so worth it!).

  

I followed up the sanding with a gentle wipe down with a damp sponge then the little Coconut and I waxed it. Seriously, waxing is so easy, even my 5 year old could do it.

Because, no joke, he did do it. The basic premise is to dip your brush into the wax, brush it on, let it wait for a few minutes and then wipe off with a lean, dry rag.

  
I absolutely love the finished look.

This was my first time doing this, and I can say that I’m already addicted! I find myself scouring thrift stores and yard sales looking for other pieces that can be painted and revived!

Here is a nifty little “Before/After” photo:

  

I feel like I need to let y’all know too, that my little blog isn’t cool enough or big enough or even important enough to have a sponsor with promoted items. Rather, the items I discuss are ones that I bought on my own and paid for myself.

What are some furniture projects you’ve enjoyed? Share them in the comments, I’d love to see them!